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HUHS Reminders and Updates

Dear Harvard Students,

On behalf of Harvard University Health Services (HUHS), we look forward to your arrival to the Cambridge/Boston area for the Spring term. As mentioned in a recent email from University leadership, we find ourselves amid a COVID-19 surge that is leading to record high numbers of cases. As you begin the term, I want to remind you of some important ways to stay safe and help Keep Harvard Healthy.

If you are traveling here from elsewhere

  • Before traveling to Harvard, avoid any in-person contact with people outside of your household, and do not eat or have drinks with anyone outside of your household. 
  • Upon arrival to Harvard, follow Massachusetts travel guidelines, as well as Harvard’s requirements for re-entry. Be sure to check with your school or unit leadership, as specifics may vary. After you complete an arrival quarantine, only participate in social activities that can be done fully masked and physically distanced. For any students authorized to live or be on campus, we will continue to require regular COVID testing
  • Wearing a face mask is now federally mandated for interstate travelers in the United States, according to an executive order signed by President Joe Biden on Thursday. The travel order applies to airports and planes, trains, ferries, intercity buses and public transportation.

If you feel sick at any time once you are here, contact HUHS for evaluation at 617-495-5711. Medical visits are available to you at HUHS without copayments. For the safety of other patients as well as staff, please do not walk in to HUHS without an appointment. Many concerns can be addressed first with a video visit, so please call us first if you need an assessment.

If you have a chronic medical condition, please schedule an appointment to connect with a primary care provider at HUHS to ensure that your medical needs are being addressed.

Your emotional wellbeing is important to us.

  • Please consider the resources of the HUHS Center for Wellness to maintain your personal wellness. 
  • If you need mental health services, Counseling and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) offers free, easy-to-access video and phone services, as well as video group sessions. Emergency services are available 24/7 by calling 617-495-5711.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

With the authorization of two safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, we know you have a lot of questions. HUHS has begun vaccinating a limited subset of the Harvard community based upon government guidance for vaccine distribution. When the vaccine becomes more widely available, we will notify the community and work hard to make it easy for you to get it. Please be sure to get vaccinated when your opportunity arises.

Currently, Massachusetts is in Phase 1 of vaccine distribution, and we remain focused on ensuring that frontline health providers receive the vaccine. As the Commonwealth updates its plans and phases, we will adapt accordingly. The vaccine is not available for healthy young adults until Phase 3, but if you have risk factors, please contact your primary care provider at HUHS. If you happen to be vaccinated, remember that community guidelines have not changed. Masks, distancing, handwashing, and testing requirements remain in place for everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status.

In the meantime, we have created a COVID-19 vaccine page on our website . This website will be updated regularly with information on the timing and delivery of the vaccine. You may also access timely information about the vaccine and vaccine distribution on the mass.gov website.

HUHS remains committed to keeping you informed as plans for vaccine distribution evolve. Caring for you and the entire Harvard community remains our top priority and we look forward to your arrival on campus soon!

Warm regards,

Giang T. Nguyen, MD, MPH, MSCE, FAAFP
Executive Director, Harvard University Health Services
Henry K. Oliver Chair of Hygiene, Harvard University